The help book

Though I have seen some really beautiful uses of eye dialect, as Aerin points out, writers typically use it to show subservience of characters or that they are uneducated, which often has racist overtones.

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Even the quotes from the movie have an example of this. I hope I got some of it right.

The help book

The other maids decide that they are willing to take a chance with their jobs, and their safety, and join the book project. I loved Demetrie dearly, and I felt so loved too. Minny, despite her distrust of whites, eventually agrees as well, and she and Aibileen are unable to convince others to tell their stories. In "The Help," a fledgling journalist named Skeeter convinces maids in Jackson to let her record their stories about the indignities they suffer working for white families in the s. Yule May, Hilly's maid, is arrested for stealing one of Hilly's rings to pay her twin sons' college tuition after Hilly refused to lend the money. She has been brought up by black maids since she was young, and longs to find out why her much-loved maid, Constantine, has disappeared. Skeeter approaches Aibileen with the idea to write narratives from the point of view of 12 black maids. It is something I want to say to you for a long time. The back section of the phone book captures so much about the mundane life in a certain time, which somehow becomes interesting fifty years later. Hilly, who leads the Junior League and bosses around the other white women in the town, reveals to Stuart, Skeeter's boyfriend, that she found a copy of the Jim Crow laws in Skeeter's purse, which further ostracizes Skeeter from their community.

Hilly and Skeeter grew up best friends, but they now have very different views on race and the future of integration in Mississippi. Yet the ultimatum she gives to Constantine is untenable; and most of her interaction with Skeeter is critical. Not all the stories are negative, and some describe beautiful and generous, loving and kind events; while others are cruel and even brutal.

Aerin points out in message that I am talking about eye dialectwhich is about spelling, not pronunciation, as in the example above. It's an important topic, and I don't want to hear it through untrustworthy narrators.

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Everyone Skeeter asks about the unexpected disappearance of Constantine pretends it never happened and avoids giving her any real answers.

Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way.

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The Help by Kathryn Stockett